IOC Lifts Suspension on Payments to IBU after Organizations’ Presidents Meet 

IOC Lifts Suspension on Payments to IBU after Organizations’ Presidents Meet 

Lausanne, 02 November 2018:

The International Olympic Committee announced today that it “would now lift all restrictions” after the IBU President Olle Dahlin met with IOC President Thomas Bach today to provide an update on the IBU’s current situation and present the plans for the federation’s future.

After the consultations, IBU President Olle Dahlin commented,

“The trust put in the new IBU leadership by the IOC is an endorsement and a commitment for us at the same time. The lifting of all restrictions and re-instatement of payments shows that we are on the right path with our reform efforts and it commits us to follow this path. The implementation of governance reforms, as mandated by the IBU Congress, continues tomorrow when the IBU Executive Board convenes.”

“The IBU is very grateful to IOC President Bach for this encouraging meeting and having the opportunity to outline the IBU’s next steps and milestones towards good governance and greater transparency. I have reiterated that we will continue to be at the forefront in the fight against doping.”

IOC President Thomas Bach said,

“The IOC appreciates the very good progress made in the critical areas of good governance, Ethics and the fight against doping. I received the strong commitment of the IBU President to see these reforms through to full implementation. On this basis, we are looking forward to an excellent and close cooperation with the IBU for the benefit of biathlon and the athletes.”

Further topics discussed between the two presidents were the set-up of a future cooperation between the IBU and the International Testing Agency, and preparations for Beijing 2022.

The IBU Executive Board will be in session in Lausanne over the weekend, 3-4 November. A high-ranking IBU delegation including President Dahlin, First Vice-President Jiri Hamza and Acting Secretary General Martin Kuchenmeister will also participate in SportAccord’s International Federation Forum, 5-7 November in Lausanne.

Photo: IOC/Greg Martin